Doucoure is the perfect Kouyate upgrade for West Ham

Abdoulaye Doucoure is expected to be hot property in the transfer market this summer, and West Ham should be at the front of the queue for his signature.

What’s the word?

Everton fans have been debating a move for Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure this week, after Soccer Saturday pundit Charlie Nicholas said the Toffees “will surely be looking to snap him up”.

Arsenal and Spurs have also been linked with a move for the Frenchman, but he would be much better suited moving to West Ham, where he would be guaranteed the playing time he wouldn’t get at a top six club.

The Hammers desperately need a new spine to their team this summer, and with Manuel Pellegrini looking likely to take over, could Doucoure be the former Manchester City man’s first signing?

A much needed upgrade?

Every club and fan base has a scapegoat when things aren’t going their way, and for many Hammers’ fans this season that scapegoat was Cheikhou Kouyate.

The Hammers will probably need to sign an entire new spine to their team this summer if they want to move up the table, and upgrading Kouyate to the more technically gifted Doucoure would be an excellent start.

Doucoure has been the standout performer for Watford this season, grabbing seven goals and three assists from midfield.

The 25 year-old has also impressed in a defensive sense, averaging 2.1 tackles per game and 1.5 interceptions per game. Kouyate actually betters the Frenchman’s tackling at 2.2 tackles per game, but has less interceptions.

Where the contrast between the two players is really stark is on the attacking end, where Kouyate has added just two goals and three assists in 32 league starts.

The Senegalese international averages just 0.5 key passes a game, less than half of what Doucoure offers, averaging over one key pass every game. Doucoure also averages more successful dribbles and a better pass success rate.

The Hammers have more than one position they need to upgrade on this summer, but hijacking Everton’s interest in Doucoure would be an excellent starting point, and Pellegrini will no doubt prefer more technically gifted players given how his Manchester City side played.

So, West Ham fans, would you back a move for Doucoure? Would he be an upgrade on Kouyate? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…